Lost-bag numbers plunge by more than 1 million in 2008

03/2/2009 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

The 20 biggest U.S. passenger carriers lost 1.3 million fewer pieces of luggage in 2008, according to new figures from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Experts say the dramatic improvement is largely because of bag-check fees, which have sharply decreased the number of bags turned over to airlines for safekeeping during flight. "The fewer bags you check, the fewer bags you lose," says aviation consultant Robert Mann.

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